Team Collaborations

The Medal Requirements now include team collaborations as a silver medal requirement. To help facilitate collaborations, we have made this page so teams can share information about ways they wish to collaborate to reach all of the 2018 iGEM teams.

Please note that this is a page for teams to advertise their collaboration requests. This does not guarantee that participating in one of these will fulfill the silver medal criteria. It is still up to you and your teammates to convince the judges that you have participated in a meaningful collaboration as stated on the Medal Requirements page.

Do you want to promote a Collaboration Request?

Send us your request by email: hq AT igem DOT org .

Please include:

  • Name of Collaboration Request
  • Your Team Name
  • Your Team Location (Institution and Country)
  • Your contact information - Contact Name and Email (to be posted online)
  • Brief Collaboration Request description. This can be something that you can offer other teams or something that you are looking for from another team(s).

42. Working with Bacteriophages: A Primer

Team: IISc-Bangalore

Team Location: Indian Institute of Science, India

Contact Information: Bhaskar Kumawat
kbhaskar [AT]
iisc.igem2018 [AT]


As a team working with phages for the first time, we are realizing that there are a lot of things that need to be taken into account when doing so. A significant portion of our phage team's efforts went into troubleshooting and resolving issues with very common experiments (like the plaque assay). To ensure that no future teams face similar problems, we are working on a brief list of commandments for phage work that we think every team should necessarily practice. As such, we request all the teams who have previously worked (or are currently working) with phages to send us tips and enhancements to phage protocols that they've used. This list of suggestions will be compiled into a single point resources for all iGEM teams in the future.

There's no set deadline for this collaboration because we can keep on adding new things to the primer, but we'll suggest you send in your submissions by 31st August.

See you at the Jamboree!

41. Verifying Degredation Switch Model

Team: Edinburgh_UG

Team Location: University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Contact Information: Freddie Starkey, edinburghigem2018 [AT]


We in Team Edinburgh UG are looking for a team we can collaborate with in order to verify the results of our mathematical modelling work in the wet lab. We have created a model to predict the activation time of a DNA degrading killswitch device however unfortunately we are running short on wet lab time in which to verify our predictions and obtain data to further improve our model. If you would be interested in helping us out and participating in what we believe would be a very fruitful collaboration please don't hesitate to contact us for more information.

40. Multi-function collaboration


Team Location: Egypt

Contact Information: igem.afcm [AT] or mahmoudabdelgawad0000 [AT] ( Mahmoud AbdelGawad)


Hey, iGEMers everywhere!
Greetings from the land of pharaohs!
As this is our third time to participate in the competition, we decided to have a greater impact this year.

Our Bioinformaticians and IT members would like to cooperate with other teams and offer them a helping hand in the following topics:
• Retrieval and analysis of the genetic network related to certain diseases with high ranking score and low false discovery rate using public microarray databases
• Drug-protein interaction optimization and docking using Chimera and/or PyMOL
• Pathway enrichment for determined gene(s)

We can help in translating different documents to arabic or english and help in distributing surveys on our students so you can have better results and statistics . We'll be glad if you contact us at igem.afcm [AT] to start our collaboration or for any further enquiries!

39. A better iGEM for future teams!

Team: Uppsala

Team Location: Uppsala, Sweden

Contact Information: Elin Ramström & Matilda Brink, projectleader [AT]


This year, besides on working on our main project, our human practices group works on behalf of every future iGEM Team developing a booklet about burn outs and how to prevent it. At least in iGEM Uppsala we have a history with dedicated people struggling with this matter. This should never happen in iGEM which is why we work to prevent it!

Right now we are gathering information from other teams than Uppsala so for future iGEM Teams sake, please fill in our survey about the work environment during iGEM Projects and send it to your team members and previous teams! We would be very grateful.

Link to form:

38. Survey Assessment: Creating a better iGEM environment for you

Team: UC_San_Diego

Team Location: La Jolla, California

Contact Information: Kalyani Kottilil, kkottili [AT]


Hey iGEM-ers! We are looking for your feedback to look for ways in which we can work together and improve the overall iGEM and synthetic biology experience.

Please fill out the following survey:

It's a super quick form, and the information that we gather from you will prove important in building a better environment for all people who want to be involved in synthetic biology. We will acknowledge any teams that participate and wish to be recognized.

Thanks so much!
iGEM UC San Diego 2018

37. Comic Book Translation Request

Team: OUC-China

Team Location: Ocean University of China, Qingdao, Shandong, China

Contact Information: OUC-iGEMers; E-mail: oucigem [AT]


Hey, we are OUC-China! We have finished a comic book which is about synthetic biology. By doing this, we want to let more and more people know about synthetic biology all over the world. Thus we want to translate it into several different languages. Now we have contact several teams who can translate it into English, Estonian, Russian, French, German, Italian, Catalan, Spanish.If you can translate it into other languages, welcome to email( us. The translation deadline is September,20.

36. Cancer Relapse Detection - CRISPR-Cas12a (Cpf1) for point-of-care Implementation

Team: EPFL

Team Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Contact Information: Samuel Gomez, e-mail: samuel.gomez [AT]


Our team is focused on the development of a new therapeutic approach to target melanoma cancer using immunotherapy method, with a focus on vaccines. Furthermore, the project aims to integrate personalised medicine approaches, including a non-invasive follow-up assay that targets miRNA and circulating-tumour DNA (ctDNA fragments from the cancer cells that circulate in the blood) as biomarkers for relapse detection.

One of our goals is develop our detection scheme into a portable point-of-care assay. We would also like to collaborate on increasing sensitivity and specificity of our detection assay and to compare with other methods of detection that use CRISPR-Cas12a. We are also working on the possibility of a quantitative colorimetric scheme ( for Cas13a as well ) that will replace fluorescent readouts in order to quantify the amount of ctDNA we have in the blood. In addition to this, we are interested in teams that are developing better storage conditions for CRISPR-Cas12a as well as teams that have experience with product (kit) development ( and 3D printers ) as are working on the possibility of developing a kit for our assay, including the step of ctDNA isolation from blood/plasma/serum.

We would be open to collaborate with teams that are working on any of these aspects of our project in any way possible. We wish all teams the best of luck in their endeavours. See you guys in Boston!

35. Cancer Relapse Detection - CRISPR-Cas12a (Cpf1) and Dumbbell Probes (Rolling Circle Amplification)

Team: EPFL

Team Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Contact Information: Samuel Gomez, e-mail: samuel.gomez [AT]


Our team is focused on the development of a new therapeutic approach to target melanoma cancer using immunotherapy method, with a focus on vaccines. Furthermore, the project aims to integrate personalised medicine approaches, including a non-invasive follow-up assay that targets miRNA and circulating-tumour DNA (ctDNA fragments from the cancer cells that circulate in the blood) as biomarkers for relapse detection.

We aim to use CRISPR-Cas12a to detect chromosomal rearrangements in ctDNA (a unique sequence of ctDNA specific to the cancer cells of approximately 60-bp). We are looking for collaborations with teams that are working with, or have previously worked with CRISPR-Cas12a or Cas13a to detect mutations or genetic sequences, as well as experience in producing and purifying this protein.

Another very important biomarker for cancer relapse is miRNA. We are designing dumbbell probes in order to perform rolling circle amplification of miRNA, we are also working on the development of a script to simplify these probe designs from miRNA, and the detection will also be using CRISPR-Cas12a proteins.

We would be open to collaborate with teams that are working on any of these aspects of our project in any way possible. We wish all teams the best of luck in their endeavours. See you guys in Boston!

34. Wiki Webscraper

Team: Virginia

Team Location: University of Virginia, USA

Contact Information: virginia.igem [AT]


We made a wiki webscraper that pulls current project descriptions from all 2018 iGEM wiki pages. We created this tool to more easily find other teams to collaborate with who have projects that are similar to ours. This tool is versatile; with the right "filters" and a bit of editing, you can also pull data like wetlab procedures, Human Practices, and past year's projects that are similar to your project. We have a command-line interface and GUI available; if you would like to use our tool, please visit our GitHub page: or contact us via email if you have any questions.

33. Survey on Chassis Bacteria and Nicotine

Team: SKLMT-China

Team Location: Shandong University, China

Contact Information: sklmt.china.igem [at] gmail [dot] com to Mr. Gao


Dear iGEMers!
We have created a survey that we would love for all iGEMers to take. We’re gathering some information about the usage of bacteria chassis in your lab, and information of nicotine in different areas, as we’re working on a nicotine project using Pseudomonas fluorescens as our chassis. If your team could finish these problems, you would do a great help to our project, and therefore we would have a nice collaboration. And we would appreciate it if you could share our survey with non-iGEMers as well.
Here’s the survey:
If you have other interesting thoughts or advice, please contact us! We would be glad to learn about your idea and acknowledge your help on our wiki!

32. WorldWide Video Collaboration “Labs Like You”

Team: TecCEM

Team Location: Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Campus Mexico State (Mexico City)

Contact Information: igem.tec.cem [at] - +52 (55) 19269772


We are planing to make a song video where we want all the teams to participate. The music video is called “Labs Like You” and is inspired in Maroon 5’s song “Girls Like You”. If you are willing to collaborate, we will send you a tutorial video wich will explain how to record your team scene. The inscription deadline is the August 3rd.
Facebook: IGEM TEC CEM

31. Recombination Strategies

Team: UConn

Team Location: University of Connecticut, Connecticut, USA

Contact Information: uconnigem [at]


This year, our team is interested in “knocking out” certain genes from the genome of E. coli but initially struggled with finding a way to do so. We began to look into recombineering; we’d heard of CRISPR through science news and past Jamborees and recognized lambda-red recombineering from reading past wikis, but we were unsure how to design recombineering experiments ourselves. We’ve done a lot of reading to plan the experiments for our lambda-red recombineering knockouts, and we wanted to know how your team approached recombination and the outcomes of your efforts.

Our team is interested in collaborating to put together a guide to recombination strategies in E. coli, similar to what TU Eindhoven did in 2015 for cloning (, and we need your help! We have made a set of questions to facilitate discussion about the recombineering system that you used, and we will compile them to make one cohesive guide.

If you’re interested in participating, send us an email and we’ll get you the questions. Looking forward to collaborating with you!

30. Bio-Bricking Tool (BBrickIt!)

Team: ICT-Mumbai

Team Location: Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India

Contact Information: Supriya S. Prakash, email: igemteamictmumbai [at]


We attempted to create a Bio-Bricking tool that makes your work easier. Just enter the gene sequence and the tool will automatically Bio-Brick the part for you following the rules. Furthermore it checks for cutters too!! Download the .exe file from our iGEM GitHub repository: and run :)

Feedback and suggestions for improvements are most welcome!!

29. Plant Project

Team: Cardiff Wales - RNAphId

Team Location: Cardiff University, Wales

Contact Information: Lily Thomas- thomaslm13 [at] or Emily Heath HeathEA [at]


We are seeking to collaborate with anther plant team- we are open to suggestions on how anyone could offer us any help! We can offer other teams support by testing their promotors or constructs in a plant system!

28. Mike the Microbe

Team: US_AFRL_CarrollHS

Team Location: Carroll High School located in Dayton, Ohio

Contact Information: igem [at], Twitter: @iGEMLabPats, or Instagram: @igemlabpats


Hello fellow iGEMers! We are excited to announce that Mike the Microbe is back! We invite every iGEM team to participate in our collaboration. Just print out Mike the Microbe, take a picture with him, either with your team or in the lab, and tag us on social media/send it to us. If you are interested in participating, please contact us to receive Mike. We can't wait to see all the creative pictures!

27. Build Your Wiki Faster!

Team: Virginia iGEM

Team Location: University of Virginia, United States of America

Contact Information: virginia.igem [at]


Haven't started your wiki yet?
We created a wiki-build tool that allows you to automate your workflow on your wiki. With the build tool, you can upload all your pages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) and images with one command all at once. Additionally, this tool allows you to iterate faster, as you can edit your website locally on your desktop and immediately see the changes you made. If you're interested in using this tool or want to help improve this tool by making it more user friendly, we would love to collaborate with you! Our email is virginia.igem [at]
With love,
Virginia iGEM

26. Survey on Dual Use and Dual Use Research of Concern

Team: iGEM Bielefeld-CeBiTec

Team Location: Bielefeld (Germany)

Contact Information: Irina Rais, e-Mail: info [at]


Dear iGEM community,
we prepared a survey on the state of knowledge about the topics Dual Use and Dual Use Research of Concern in which scientists from different German universities participated. To get an international outlook on the state of knowledge and to make comparisons, there is now a new, international version. We would be very happy if a large number of you would take part!
Thank you and best wishes!
iGEM Bielefeld-CeBiTec 2018

25. After iGEM get together

Team: Tec-Monterrey

Team Location: ITESM, Monterrey, Mexico

Contact Information: igemtecmonterrey [at]


The 2018 Tec-Monterrey team is organizing a special event after our National Congress of Sciences (September 14-15, at ITESM) where participants will be able to share their experiences over a discussion panel and a small networking session . If any team is interested in collaborating (video conferences can be arranged), please contact us!

24. Survey on Public Engagement of iGEM Teams

Team: UCopenhagen

Team Location: University of Copenhagen

Contact Information:Natthawut Max Adulyanukosol igemku2018 [AT]


Dear present and past iGEMers,

Everyone knows iGEM really wants to put the science, the fun, and the cooperation into focus. The spotlight is now on all of us iGEMers to make sure we can go forth, engage more people, and do it well!

We would like to invite everyone to join us in learning how we approach public engagement and how can go further engaging the public. Please help us fill in this survey: Let’s share the experience, the good times and the struggles. Cooperation is the keyword here.

Our team will collect your insights, analyse them, and present the findings to the iGEM community. We will help you promote your social media channels as well.

Ultimately, we will unite in spreading the word of iGEM and synthetic biology to the world!

University of Copenhagen iGEM 2018 Team

23. Language Project

Team: IIT-Madras

Team Location: IIT-Madras, India

Contact Information: igem [AT]


Are you interested in making educational Synthetic Biology videos in your native language? We have already done it in English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati and Hindi.

Look at our work here

Collaborate with us, we will send you the English script, translate it into your native language and record an audio of the script and send it to us!

Excited to have you on board, we will be more than happy to list and acknowledge your help on our list of Collaborations, Wiki and YouTube videos.

22. ChassiDex Data

Team: IIT-Madras

Team Location: IIT-Madras, India

Contact Information: igem [AT]


ChassiDex is a database of host organisms containing all the information needed to work with the organism listed. Have a look at the database here

Are you working with a "different" chassis?

Help us out by filling this Google form with the necessary information, your entry will be curated and put up on our database. We will be happy to acknowledge your contribution on both our database and on our Wiki.

21. -US COLLAB -

Team: Exeter

Team Location: University of Exeter, United Kingdom

Contact Information: Nahnsu Dawkins , exeteruniversityigem [AT]


Dear US iGEM teams,
We are collecting water quality reports from US local councils or water purification plants for a water assay of your drinking water, specifically testing for perchlorate.
Many thanks,
Exeter iGEM

20. Water Samples--H2O NO!

Team: ULaverne_Collab

Team Location: University of La Verne (USA)

Contact Information: ulvigemteam [AT]


Hello iGEM Teams!

If any other teams are looking for microplastics, toxicants, antibiotics, etc. in water, we have wastewater samples and water treatment plant samples that are from Los Angeles County. We are open to discussing how we can collaborate and possibly share our resources. Any teams that are also testing water samples may be able to share data on what they find. Data on microplastics is ideal, but toxicant data is also helpful, specifically organic pollutants (OPs) or endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). If you are interested, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Warm regards,
ULV iGEM 2018

19. Worst Gel Electrophoresis Scrapbook

Team: UNebraska-Lincoln

Team Location: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America

Contact Information: unligemteam [AT]


Hello Again!

Our team is looking to do a fun collaboration. We want as many teams as possible to email us their WORST gel electrophoresis run and a backstory to go with it. Our team will compile the images to make an iGEM scrapbook and add it to our wiki.

We will have some type of voting to decide a third, second, and first place winner. The medal winners will be presented with a badge that they can place on their wiki and/or presentation. A big thank you to all the teams that choose to participate.


18. Proof Reading Help

Team: Nottingham

Team Location: University of Nottingham

Contact Information: aayvl1 [AT]


Hi There! All members of our team are fully fluent in English language and English grammar. We would love to offer a proof reading service, where we would proof read your team's wiki to check for any grammar errors. This collaboration request is targeted towards iGEM teams where English is not your first language. To take part in this collaboration, please send your team name and wiki link to the email above. Thank you!

17. Burn General Knowledge Survey

Team: TecCEM

Team Location: Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Campus Mexico State (Mexico City)

Contact Information: igem.tec.cem [AT]


We are organizing a survey in order to capture information about different treatments of burns around the world, the prevention that is held in your country and how are the statistics in it. If you want to help us, please answer our survey that will help us in our project, because we are looking forward to develop a new treatment for burned people, that will reduce the time of hospitalization and help skin regeneration. The following survey link is:

Facebook: IGEM TEC CEM

16. LatinAmerica iGEM Group

Team: TecCEM

Team Location: Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Campus Mexico State (Mexico City)

Contact Information: igem.tec.cem [AT]


We are organizing a collaboration and troubleshooting group for all the LatinAmerican iGEM teams in order to create a common front in the competition, so please contact us to join the group where you can search for collaborations, inspire teams, or search for help to solve any problem that your team has.

Facebook: IGEM TEC CEM

15. Invasive Species Survey

Team: UNebraska-Lincoln

Team Location: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America

Contact Information: unligemteam [AT]


Dear iGEMers,

Our team is working on creating an effective bait for the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle, an invasive species to North America. You can learn more by contacting us via email and we'll be happy to discuss our project!

We have created a quick 10 question survey that we would love for all iGEMers to take. If your team members choose to participate, we will present your team with a badge of contribution. We would really appreciate it if you could share a variant of our survey with non-iGEMers as well.

Please follow this link to access the survey (iGEMers):
Please share this survey link (non-iGEMers):

Best Wishes!

14. Entrepreneurship in iGEM

Team: Tec Chihuahua

Team Location: Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

Contact Information: iGEM Tec Chihuahua 2018 igemtecchihuahua [AT]


Greetings from iGEM Tec-Chihuahua!

We are currently working on an entrepreneurship manual which iGEM teams could rely on for the development of the entrepreneurial section of their projects. We hope that this manual can be used in forthcoming editions of the competition so teams may have a suitable guide which they can draw upon. It is our intention for this guide to include situations that different iGEM teams of all around the word experience while exploring the entrepreneurial field. Thus, we invite you to collaborate with us and with the iGEM community by sending us questions and concerns that have arisen while managing this section of your projects. iGEM Tec-Chihuahua will consult different experts and share with you the best solutions. We will also include your questions and concerns with their respective answers in our manual for future reference.

Attached to this message, you will find a Google Form to receive your support on the development of this manual. We include some questions to gather statistics about entrepreneurship in iGEM and a section for you to share with us feedback for this manual.

The deadline for filling this Google Form is July 18 and iGEM Tec-Chihuahua will send the corresponding answers to each team the first week of August.

We wish you the best for your projects.

Thank you so much!
In case you can’t open the file, please let us know

13. Acinetobacter baylyi ADP1 support

Team: NAWI_Graz

Team Location: TU and KFU Graz, Austria

Contact Information: office [AT] igem-graz [DOT] at


Hello iGEMers

As we are investigating a possibility to produce a palm seed oil analog with E. coli, we are looking for a specific Acinetobacter strain, in detail Acinetobacter baylyi ADP1. If someone could send us the strain or a specific cPCR product, you would have an overall impact on our project and therefore a nice collaboration.

If you need more details, please send us an email to office [AT]

the iGEM Team NAWI_Graz

12. Think of the PLOSibilities Blog Postings

Team: Dalhousie

Team Location: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

Contact Information: dalhousieigem2018 [AT]


Hi iGEM teams!

Our team is passionate about making scientific research accessible to as many people as possible. In 2017, we created a blog called Think of the PLOSibilities which posts weekly summaries of open access journals, such as Public Library of Science (PLOS), without heavy scientific jargon. We would love to feature a diverse range of scientific subjects and have representation from scientific communities around the world! If your team is interested in contributing to the blog and submitting your own summary, you can find the steps to submit a summary here: and you can find previous postings here: We look forward to reading your submissions!

Thank you and best of luck with the rest of the season!

- Dalhousie iGEM

11. Instagram Challenge For July

Team: Stony Brook

Team Location: Stony Brook University, New York, USA

Contact Information: Manvi Shah, igem.sbu [AT]


Hello iGEM Teams!

This year, Stony Brook iGEM aims for success beyond just the lab environment. To engage our community and teach them about Synthetic Biology in a more impactful manner, we created an Instagram Challenge for iGEM teams! For the entire month of July, there is a set of daily prompts to encourage teams to share more about their projects and Synthetic Biology! If you are interested in participating or learning more, visit the #iGEMPhotoADay Challenge page that we have created with all of the prompts at and follow us on Instagram @igem.stonybrook!

We are also interested in collaborating in regards to our project itself! Our team is working with the cyanobacteria Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 (UTEX 2434) and is working on sucrose production via Gibson Assembly and directed evolution. If any other teams are working with cyanobacteria or directed evolution, we would love to collaborate!

Additionally, thanks to Opentrons, we have access to our own OT-2 Robot and can collaborate on automatic protocols as well!

We wish you luck on your project and can’t wait to see you at the Jamboree!
Best wishes,
Stony Brook iGEM

10. Plate Reader for Inter-Lab

Team: CUNY_Kingsborough

Team Location: Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Contact Information: Jessica Zhao; zhaojay47 [AT]


Hi there fellow iGEMers!

To complete the interlab study, we need to borrow a plate reader. (Ours broke)

Many Thanks!

9. League of Superheroes

Team: RHIT

Team Location: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, USA

Contact Information: Emilie Deibel - deibelet [AT]


Every iGEM project is changing the world. We want to recognize the SUPER abilities of all the iGEM teams by creating a league of superheroes made up of superheroes designed by each team based on their project. If your team is interested, please sign up by July 30th here ( PEuzzwcvg/viewform?usp=sf_link) . All superheroes will be placed on a trading card, and each team will receive trading cards from all the teams that participated. What we need from you: Name of Team, Name of Superhero, Contact Info, “Home Base” for your superhero, the Superhero’s Mission, and any Special Powers that your Superhero has. If you have any questions or need help designing your superhero, feel free to email us.

8. Sharing FACS beads for Interlab

Team: Ruia-Mumbai

Team Location: Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College, Mumbai, India

Contact Information: Anjali Vaidya, catechewingcoli [AT]


Dear fellow iGEMers,
The Interlab study for this year's competition has an EXTRA credit component if teams are able to perform FACS analysis alongside the 96-well plate readings. The teams who perform the FACS will get a special mention in the resulting publication.

Although we have access to a FACS machine, we don't have the specific calibration beads that iGEM requires us to use.

Would any team be interested in splitting the cost of the Rainbow calibration beads (type RCP-30-5A or URCP-38-2K) with us? You only need a few drops to run the calibration so there should be more than enough left from the 5ml pack. Alternatively, if you have the beads and are willing to ship a small aliquot to us, we would be happy to officially list you as a collaborator for this part of the work.

Please let us know if your team is interested in such a collaboration for the FACS module of the Interlab study. Good luck to all team and we look forward to seeing you at the Jamboree!

Team Ruia-Mumbai

7. Survey To Fight Water Pollution

Team: IIT Kanpur

Team Location: IIT Kanpur
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
India - 208016

Contact Information: Rishabh Jain, teamigemiitk2k18 [AT]


To the iGEM Family out there,

We at IIT Kanpur, India, are trying to engineer a synthetic biology system to be able to profitably degrade Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate into Lauryl Alcohol. To be able to better contribute towards the environment through our project and achieve the dream of clean water bodies, we need your help.
We aim to collaborate with you, through exchange of knowledge which can be done easily by you filling out the following survey :

We wish you success in your venture and hope this collaboration can become successful.

With love
Team IIT Kanpur

6. Engineered Probiotics Around the World

Team: Unesp Brazil

Team Location: School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Unesp, Brazil

Contact Information: igem.unesp.aqa [AT]


We're interested in learning about the legal and ethical issues of engineered probiotics in different parts of the world, so we're looking for teams from different countries to help us finding information about clinic trials, startups, researches and legal issues regarding genetically modified probiotics in their country. If you are interested, please contact us!
Also, if your team is also working with engineered probiotics, contact us too!

5. A Better Way to Build

Team: William & Mary

Team Location: William & Mary, United States

Contact Information: Ethan Jones email: igem [AT]


Hey teams! Assembling genetic circuits takes time, and time is precious with Giant Jamboree coming up fast in October. To help future teams build circuits faster, part of our work this year is converting some of the most used and greatest basic parts into a form compatible with a new faster hybrid assembly method. We want your best 2018 part to be a part of this library for future teams to use! Please email us at igem [AT] if you are interested in having your part in our library. We are happy to answer any of your questions and look forward to hearing from you!

Much love,
William & Mary

4. Fighting Stigma Against Synthetic Biology!

Team: Harvard

Team Location: Harvard University, United States

Contact Information: Jessica DeVilla, Aaron Hodges, Fay Huo, Nathan Sharp, Mark Meneses, and Tajrean Yeana.
Email: higemteam2018 [AT]


Hi everyone,

Calling all iGEM teams! This year, Team Harvard wants to work with you all to end the stigma against synthetic biology. We’ve noticed that human contact with bacteria is frequently associated with negative consequences and as such, it is regarded as dangerous by the general public. As iGEM teams, we understand that genetically engineering bacteria is a largely untapped resource for positive change. Help us show the world the true potential of harnessing bacteria for use in therapeutics, diagnostics, the environment and more!

We plan to release a series of newsletters and articles to showcase all of the cool things teams are doing with bacteria for their projects. We’d love to feature your work in our series! If you’d like to participate, please email a description of your project and if possible, a photo to go along with it to higemteam2018 [AT] The more teams that we hear back from the better! Just a couple minutes of your time could make a big difference in our community.

We look forward to hearing from you and wish you all good luck with your projects!

Warm regards,
The 2018 Harvard iGEM Team

3. Dear Diary

Team: Linkoping Sweden

Team Location: Linköping University, Sweden

Contact Information: Marianne Gavelius, Alexandra Sandéhn and Johanna Granqvist. Mail: igem.linkoping [AT]


Hi everyone!

We from team Linköping (Sweden) have a new idea for a collaboration. We would love it if your team would send us a letter (or an email) with a short text about what you are doing, fun stuff that is happening in and outside of the lab and/or quotes. If you want to it would be fun if you include some photos as well. The goal is to create a book/document from all of the stories that will be published on our facebook page, and home page. If you want to take part, please send your contribution to us before August 1st. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!

Send the letter to:
Kårallen, Linköpings Universitet
581 83 Linköping, Sweden.

If you would rather email us: igem.linkoping [AT]

Much love,
LiU iGEM 2018

2. Science Sketch

Team: iGEM NYU Abu Dhabi

Team Location: New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Contact Information: Laura Karpauskaite and Doovaraha Maheswarasarma, nyuad.igem [AT]


Dear iGEM Community,

This is a collaboration request to ALL iGEM teams! Join us in showcasing the wonderment of iGEM and synthetic biology by creating a science sketch of your team’s project or any major techniques/principles that your project is using. Through the series of 1-3-minute sketches, we hope to promote public awareness of the iGEM competition as well as to show how synthetic biology can be utilized to solve problems facing mankind in an innovative manner!

The aim of the science sketches is to make a collaborative educational playlist with videos from teams all over the world, about their projects and/or the scientific principle behind their project. This playlist will be made public, so that any iGEM team can use it in their outreach activities, thus enabling all teams to spread the knowledge of synthetic biology to their communities.

It is preferable that we receive the video of the science sketches before the 20th of September, 2018. This would give us enough time to make the playlist and also show it in outreach events. Please make sure to add your team's name and your institution's name at the end or beginning of the video. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We have also created a detailed description of how to make a science sketch. Hope this helps!

Curious about what science sketches are like? Check out the science sketch that our team has created for iGEM! Here are two other examples, RPA, LAMP, for those considering making one for scientific principles/techniques.

Join us and have a lot of fun! Be creative!
We look forward to hearing from you!

Warm regards,
iGEM NYU Abu Dhabi 2018

1. Postcards

Team: Düsseldorf

Team Location: Heinrich-Heine University, Germany

Contact Information: igem[AT]


Hey iGEM Teams,As we all know iGEM is not only about experiments and labwork but also about bringing the topic “synthetic biology” closer to the public. In order to do so the previous iGEM teams of the Heinrich-Heine-University of Duesseldorf created a project to promote synthetic biology in public using self-designed postcards. Each year a bunch of iGEM teams decided to join which is why the campaign was a huge success with a lot of beautiful and funny postcards as a result.

How does it work? Every participating team designs a postcard which shows an image related to synthetic biology (or your topic) on the front and a small informational text on the back. Afterwards each team’s postcards are exchanged with other iGEM-teams so that every team can collect postcards from all over the world. The received postcards can then be shared with people in the neighborhood, during public events etc.

If you want to check out the last year’s campaigns for inspiration, visit the wiki of Duesseldorf 2016 or the wiki of Duesseldorf-Cologne 2017

How to design your postcards:
Image related to your project or (synthetic) biology in general on the front
Small informational text on the back
Standard postcard format (A6; 14,8cm x 10,5cm)

If you are interested in joining us please let us know until the 15th of June, so we can figure out how many postcards each team should print and send. Please don't forget to include your address! Important: This is not the deadline for sending and designing the postcard!

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Much love,
iGEM Team Duesseldorf 2018